Professor and Department Head - Chemical & Biological Engineering

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Location: Golden
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Position Title: Chemical & Biological Engineering Department Head
Job Description: The Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering at Colorado School of Mines seeks a dynamic, enthusiastic leader to head the department. We invite applications from qualified candidates committed to enhancing our research and teaching programs through strategic hires, mentoring, leading by example, and developing new resources.

Department Heads at Mines are expected to work effectively in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment both within the department and across the campus to:  

  • Support and further enhance the education and research missions of the department and accelerate progress to  higher distinction through a solid vision and strategy.
  • Provide leadership in the management of the department, with budgetary responsibilities for strategic, academic and operational development, and teaching activities and innovation.
  • Administer, promote, and lead multidisciplinary chemical and biological engineering research and fund-raising for research activities.
  • Represent the department to the university administration, other university units, and to public and private agencies at local, regional, national, and international levels; including interactions with these entities and department alumni. and
  • Oversee recruitment, professional development, and retention of faculty, staff, and students.

Department Heads at Mines are also expected to teach courses, advise graduate students, and maintain a leading international research program.

Minimum Qualifications: The Department Head will be appointed as academic faculty at the full professor level in the department. Therefore, a doctorate in chemical engineering, or a closely-related field with a distinguished record of accomplishment in scholarship, teaching and service, as well as national and international recognition, is required. Strong leadership qualities, including effective interpersonal communication and organizational skills, are a must. The successful candidate will be expected to lead the department transparently and collegially. The successful candidate should be responsive to the needs of the students, staff, and faculty within the department and have a strong commitment to diversity.
Preferred Qualifications: Administrative experience and/or evidence of successful personnel and financial management are desired.
Department Description:

Colorado School of Mines, one of the nation's top-30 public universities, is Colorado's oldest, most selective and most highly-ranked public university. Located in Golden, Colorado, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Mines is minutes from Denver and Boulder. The Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, recently ranked the second best chemical engineering program by College Factual, includes 15 tenure/tenure track faculty and 8 teaching faculty, as well as research faculty and support staff, 820 undergraduate and 35 graduate students, making it one of the largest chemical engineering programs in the country. The department offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. It has a strong history in excellence in education and basic and applied research in renewable energy, materials science, transport processes, theoretical and applied thermodynamics, computational methods and atomistic simulation. Our educational and research programs are enhanced through participation in interdisciplinary degree programs and research centers on campus, and through strong ties and collaborations with the neighboring National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the U. S. Geological Survey. Our vigorous, diverse, and world renowned research programs are supported by a current departmental research award volume of $4.6M. Mines emphasizes collaboration and cooperative and collegial interaction across campus, and promotes excellence in combination with a healthy life balance. The Head will work in close collaboration with the Heads of Physics, Chemistry, and Metallurgical and Materials Engineering and the Dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Engineering to create a supportive, diverse, and outstanding education and research environment. More information about the Department is available at

How to Apply:

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, names and contact information for three professional references from whom letters may be subsequently requested and veteran status) and upload the following: a curriculum vitae, a written statement of interest addressing their qualifications, a separate vision statement for leading the department, a research statement, a teaching statement (including any experience you have in online education) and a 1-page statement on contributions to diversity and inclusion, describing your past experiences and proposed activities to advance access, inclusion and diversity at Mines (required). To ensure full consideration, all application materials should be submitted as soon as possible; application review will take place on a rolling basis during the Spring 2018 semester. Applications will be accepted until a sufficient applicant pool is identified. Questions about the position may be addressed to interim Department Head and Professor Jennifer Wilcox (

Compensation: Starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information. Mines provides an attractive benefits package including fully paid health and dental insurance. Part of Mines' mission is to create a family-friendly environment supported through our dependent tuition benefits, parental leave benefits, and dependent care assistance plan, as well as in special events, camps, and programming. For more information visit:
Background Investigation Required: Yes

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